#3 Paul Goldschmidt – $11.00 Million in 2018 ($6,400,000 Million AAV)
If your spellchecker doesn’t highlight Goldschmidt, you spelled it wrong.
Ironically Paul Goldschmidt is an absolute killer of the very team that drafted him out of high school – the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Although the Diamondbacks can boast snaring Goldschmidt all the way down in the 8th round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, the Dodgers had taken him three years earlier in the 49th round of the 2006 Draft when he chose to attend college at Texas State University instead.
Unfortunately for them, Goldschmidt owns a lifetime .310/.378/.571 line with 28 home runs (10 more than versus any other team) against LA, but he’s even better at the Dodgers’ home park. Of the homers, 14 were launched out of Dodger Stadium to boost his career slash to .325/.396/.571 when playing there.
As far as months go, March 2013 was a particularly epic month for Goldy. To start the month, he signed with Arizona for half of a million dollars in salary. He closed March with a 5 year, $32 million contract extension on the 29th complete with signing bonus to boost his 2013 haul to a cool mil.
Paul Goldschmidt will earn a top three Diamondbacks salary at $11 million this season. Because of the contract’s escalating value and low pay in the early stages, though, it averages out (this makes you not believe in math) to only $6.4 million in annual pay over the course of the deal. Even with the club option that will surely be picked up next year for fourteen-and-a-half million dollars, Goldschmidt will still be worth his weight in…he’ll still only be paid around $7.42 million on average per year.